Today was a long day. It started at 8am at Kragens – you know where to go – picking up more cans of red paint to finish the bodywork.
While Todd was polishing his handiwork off, I pulled the clutch out and put in a fresher clutch plate pack. On the dry clutch engines this only take 15-20 minutes, but on the wet clutch 848 it took an hour and a half.
I then ran around a bit buying stick-on race numbers and some white paint to paint on the number plates. I went home to get my truck, my riding gear and my tool box, and when I got back, Todd was beaming like a new father and the bike looked good enough to race a national.
We loaded her up, grabbed the boxes of spares, chemicals, tire warmers, extension cords, generator, and other paraphernalia, and I headed out.
I took the bike down to tech, which was pretty straightforward once I got the required Dunlop, AMA and Sunoco decals placed on my belly pan. It was nice to see quite a few friendly faces in the paddock, from back in the day when we were doing the Pro-Thunder series 8-10 years ago. I mentioned I was racing in Supersport to a coupla old pals and I think “dumb-founded” is an accurate description of their faces.
Todd and I walked out to the entrance gate to get our credentials at the AMA registration hut, then back to the pit to get the wheels off and down to the nearby Dunlop trailer to get fitted with the “spec” Dunlop 211GP-A tires everyone in Supersport and Daytona Superbike has to use this year.
Finally we took the forks off and over to Jim at the Catalyst Reaction trailer to install the tricky new Ohlins NIX cartridges that just came in yesterday, meanwhile Todd and I changed the shock spring while we were waiting – not a quick task on this model unfortunately.
Got back to the shop by about 9:30pm, dropped off a coupla unwanted items, picked up my darling Performance Friction brake pads that came in just this afternoon, and got home by 10:15pm exhausted and ready for a bath and bed after writing the race-log – can’t skip the log!
A proud dad – Todd and the 848 now ready to race
View of the plush Munroe Motors pit area, front forks away getting gussied up